Alberta Premier, Rachel Notley, continued her campaign stop in Lethbridge earlier today. Notley announced that she will be adding two thousand more long-term care beds across the province. She says the NDP will continue to give healthcare the attention it deserves.
"We know the population is aging. We know that the pressure for these kinds of services is growing, and we know that we need to provide it. We also know that we will not be able to do it if we freeze healthcare spending, as my opposition has suggested. And, we absolutely will not be able to do it if we create multiple tiers of seniors care so that the rich are well cared for, and other folks who have worked hard their whole life in modest or middle income circumstances are left destitute because they can't afford the cost of an "american-style" long-term care or seniors care system."
Alberta's UCP opposition Leader, Jason Kenney, says that his government would work to budget within the system, as well as introduce privately delivered care for minor procedures. The province's health spending is $22 billion this year —about 40 per cent of the total budget.